Background: The problem of predicting whether a drug combination of arbitrary orders is likely to induce adverse drug reactions is considered in this manuscript. Methods: Novel kernels over drug combinations of arbitrary orders are developed within support vector machines for the prediction. Graph matching methods are used in the novel kernels to measure the similarities among drug combinations, in which drug co-medication patterns are leveraged to measure single drug similarities. Results: The experimental results on a real-world dataset demonstrated that the new kernels achieve an area under the curve (AUC) value 0.912 for the prediction problem. Conclusions: The new methods with drug co-medication based single drug similarities can accurately predict whether a drug combination is likely to induce adverse drug reactions of interest. Keywords: drug-drug interaction prediction; drug combination similarity; co-medication; graph matching
Parkinson's disease patients develop different speech impairments that affect their communication capabilities. The automatic assessment of the speech of the patients allows the development of computer aided tools to support the diagnosis and the evaluation of the disease severity. This paper introduces a methodology to classify Parkinson's disease from speech in three different languages: Spanish, German, and Czech. The proposed approach considers convolutional neural networks trained with time frequency representations and a transfer learning strategy among the three languages. The transfer learning scheme aims to improve the accuracy of the models when the weights of the neural network are initialized with utterances from a different language than the used for the test set. The results suggest that the proposed strategy improves the accuracy of the models in up to 8\% when the base model used to initialize the weights of the classifier is robust enough. In addition, the results obtained after the transfer learning are in most cases more balanced in terms of specificity-sensitivity than those trained without the transfer learning strategy.
Computational approaches to transcription factor binding site identification have been actively researched for the past decade. Negative examples have long been utilized in de novo motif discovery and have been shown useful in transcription factor binding site search as well. However, understanding of the roles of negative examples in binding site search is still very limited. We propose the 2-centroid and optimal discriminating vector methods, taking into account negative examples. Cross-validation results on E. coli transcription factors show that the proposed methods benefit from negative examples, outperforming the centroid and position-specific scoring matrix methods. We further show that our proposed methods perform better than a state-of-the-art method. We characterize the proposed methods in the context of the other compared methods and show that, coupled with motif subtype identification, the proposed methods can be effectively applied to a wide range of transcription factors. Finally, we argue that the proposed methods are well-suited for eukaryotic transcription factors as well. Software tools are available at: http://biogrid.engr.uconn.edu/tfbs_search/.
There is a need for affordable, widely deployable maternal-fetal ECG monitors to improve maternal and fetal health during pregnancy and delivery. Based on the diffusion-based channel selection, here we present the mathematical formalism and clinical validation of an algorithm capable of accurate separation of maternal and fetal ECG from a two channel signal acquired over maternal abdomen.
Penalized likelihood methods are widely used for high-dimensional regression. Although many methods have been proposed and the associated theory is now well-developed, the relative efficacy of different methods in finite-sample settings, as encountered in practice, remains incompletely understood. There is therefore a need for empirical investigations in this area that can offer practical insight and guidance to users of these methods. In this paper we present a large-scale comparison of penalized regression methods. We distinguish between three related goals: prediction, variable selection and variable ranking. Our results span more than 1,800 data-generating scenarios, allowing us to systematically consider the influence of various factors (sample size, dimensionality, sparsity, signal strength and multicollinearity). We consider several widely-used methods (Lasso, Elastic Net, Ridge Regression, SCAD, the Dantzig Selector as well as Stability Selection). We find considerable variation in performance between methods, with results dependent on details of the data-generating scenario and the specific goal. Our results support a `no panacea' view, with no unambiguous winner across all scenarios, even in this restricted setting where all data align well with the assumptions underlying the methods. Lasso is well-behaved, performing competitively in many scenarios, while SCAD is highly variable. Substantial benefits from a Ridge-penalty are only seen in the most challenging scenarios with strong multi-collinearity. The results are supported by semi-synthetic analyzes using gene expression data from cancer samples. Our empirical results complement existing theory and provide a resource to compare methods across a range of scenarios and metrics.